Surveillance

 

Shocking news: China is reportedly spying on its own citizens with the connivance of U.S. corporations IBM, GE and Honeywell. China’s Golden Shield Project aims at surveillance of all 1.3 billion Chinese with super-resolution cameras and video analytics that detect citizens’ identity, behavior and whereabouts. More details of China’ vast internal surveillance program was reported in the Economist Sept. 9, 2017.

(Philip Wolfson’s groundbreaking new spy novel Faces Tell All anticipates the use of imbedded spy lenses by the Chinese to read the fitness and attitude of the enemy—us.)

The U.S. DARPA agency has pioneered the use of biometric spy cameras to read body language such as eye movements (and perhaps lip reading?) focusing on “suspicious activity” particularly in combat zones. The technology includes “Affective Computing” that recognizes emotional states and predicts intentions from voice rapidity, tone and pitch, posture and from facial expressions of fear, furtiveness, tension and anger. (Spies and terrorists will need to become better “actors”.)

Facial Thermography is also now employed by the U.S. government to read emotions like fear or stress, lying, deceit or worry, which cause elevated temperatures in surface structures of the face due to increased blood flow.

(Faces Tell All also predicts heat-reading technology incorporated into the face reading app Read My Face fought for by rival intelligence agencies CIA and Chinese MSS.)

Aerial and satellite cameras extend and enhance face-reading capabilities (and are also featured in Faces Tell All). MQ-9 Reaper US drone cameras can identify objects “the size of a milk carton” from 12 miles up and infrared heat sources like the human face at distances up to 60 kilometers.

U.S. Covert Listening (and Monitoring) Devices now combine “bugs” with biometrics: (Faces Tell All describes an advanced physiology detector worn around the neck that combines audio transmission and a GPS chip together with galvanic-skin and cardio monitoring to allow remote tracking of location and disposition of a human subject.)

Corporate face scanning can tell who, when, where and what you are. (physical condition like hung over?)   Small portable, inexpensive facial recognition systems are now available for even small businesses; could soon interface with emotion and condition reading programs to let your employer know who’s late to work and why.